Redesigning your landscaping can be a large, time consuming and task. In addition, depending on factors such as water drainage, the need for retaining walls, hardscapes and water features, it can be a highly technical task. If you feel that your project is too large to take on by yourself, you should consider hiring a landscape design contractor or a landscape architect. These landscaping professionals have the experience and training to design a beautiful landscape design that takes advantage of your landscape’s natural features while providing the landscape elements you desire.
Before you start looking for a landscaper you need to decide exactly what you want to do and therefore how large of a project you are taking on. If you simply want to make your flowerbeds a little more interesting you could easily head out to a garden center and do the work yourself. Adding a simple feature such as a flagstone path can also be handled by the do-it-yourselfer so long as you have sourced a reliable supplier who can provide you with quality materials. However, if what you have in mind is a completely new landscape design, you should probably use a landscaping professional.
A great way to find a top landscaper is to look online for landscapers in your area. Looking at images and photo galleries on their websites may give you some inspiration relating to how you want your new landscaping to look and should also give you an idea of the type and quality of the landscaper’s work.
Once you have identified a few good candidates, ask for a few references and do a “drive by” to see their work in person. You can also talk to them about your budget and provide a general idea of what are looking to achieve with your new landscaping. At this point, it is unreasonable to expect the landscaper to give you a firm bid on the project but they should be able to discuss price ranges in general terms depending on the size and scope of the project. Once the landscape design is completed, your landscaper will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the total cost.